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Just announced: Maysa plus support Debra Debs, 24th July.

Maysa plus support Debra Debs

24 July / 19:30 / More Info / Tickets on sale tomorrow

The sensational American soul singer and lead vocalist of Incognito live at Band on the Wall.

Maysa is the kind of singer who takes hold of a song and enraptures her audience in the palm of her hands, as she delivers lyrics, phrases, melodies and harmonies in a way that only she can. Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity in this business. Having collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan to Incognito and Angela Bofill, Maysa can hang with the best. It is no wonder she is the recipient of Soul Train’s “Soul Approved Underground Singer” Award and was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the Grammys 2014.

Support comes from from talented Cameroon-born, London-based NeoSoul and RnB singer song-writer Debra Debs.

Just announced: Lonnie Liston Smith, 25th July.

Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes

25 July / 20:00 / More Info / Tickets on sale 09:00, 09/04/2014

The great Lonnie Liston Smith is one of contemporary music’s most versatile musicians. In a career that spans some 40 years, he has been heard in a variety of context as a featured sideman for some of Jazz music’s most illustrious leaders before stepping out to reveal his own original concepts as a bandleader in the mid 70s.  He is a keyboardist of the first rank and has influenced a generation of young players that have acknowledged his rhythmic urgency (swing), harmonic acumen and composing skills.

Lonnie began performing in the Baltimore area where he became adept at backing vocalists such as Ethel Ennis and visiting dignitaries like Betty Carter. He enjoyed a 2 year stay with Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and recorded 2 records with Rahsaan entitled, “Please don’t Cry Beautiful Edith” on Verve Records and “Here Comes the Whistleman” on Atlantic Records.

Lonnie’s next 3 jobs were perhaps the most important stepping stones in his career:

He got the call from Pharaoh Sanders in 1968 and made his mark in one of the most visible ensembles of the day.

In early 1972, Lonnie and Gato were performing in Rome, Italy and one night the movie director, Bernardo Bertolucci, stopped by to discuss the sound track for the movie, “Last Tango in Paris”. In 1973 Lonnie received the important call to join the Miles Davis ensemble. Lonnie recorded 2 CDs with Miles, “On The Corner” and “Big Fun”;

In 1974, Producer, Bob Thiele, signed Lonnie to a solo recording contract. “Astral Traveling” and “Cosmic Funk” were Lonnie’s first 2 CDs. However, it was his album “Expansions” that broke Lonnie into the major leagues as a worldwide leader.

In the 90’s, Lonnie got involved with “Guru Jazzmataz Volume One” (Rap meets Jazz) and was discovered by an all new young audience. Lonnie also has had two hit singles with Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z. Mary J. Blige sampled Lonnie’s composition “A Garden of Peace” in her Grammy winning single, “Take Me As I Am” and Jay – Z also sampled, “A Garden of Peace” in his hit sample, “Dead Presidents”.

Just announced: Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles, 24th June.

Chetham's Big Bands and Jazz Ensembles

24 June / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets


The highly acclaimed Chetham's Big Bands return to Band on the Wall for a lively evening of contemporary and classic jazz arrangements, alongside more intimate sounds from smaller jazz combos.

Formed in 1990, the Chetham's Big Bands have enjoyed considerable success on the national jazz scene, regularly performing to capacity audiences, and have won many awards performing alongside a who's who of eminent jazz musicians.

With around 300 students, aged 8 - 18, Chetham’s is the largest specialist Music School in the UK and the only Music School based in the North of England. In the heart of Manchester, the vibrant cosmopolitan city centre location complements a dynamic music programme - regularly collaborating with the city’s leading cultural venues on a range of projects and initiatives, to present exciting opportunities for the young musicians. Chetham’s auditions and accepts young musicians based soley on musical potential, not social background or financial circumstance.

Lineup announced for Beer 'n' Blues Festival 2014.

A full weekend of Beer ’n’ Blues. We present the finest artists the UK’s blues scene has to offer together with a 20 pump bar featuring brews from local breweries Green Mill, Hornbeam, Brightside, First Chop and many more.

Beer 'n' Blues Weekend feat Jo Harman and Company

12 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

We open the weekend with a soul fuelled musical journey with Jo Harman and Company

A cocktail of soul, blues, gospel and rootsy rock, nodding to diverse influences from classic Memphis singers to mid period Rolling Stones - delivered by a riveting performer with an exceptional blues-fuelled voice. Jo Harman and Company take the audience on a soul fuelled musical journey covering Jo's strong originals mixed in with some bluesy, styled interpretations of classic Memphis songs and more. Harman fronts this first class band of impressively CV'd musicians, who have already caused a very real stir in the industry with their live performances and BBC sessions.

Their material slips effortlessly between soul, blues, gospel and rootsy rock nodding to diverse influences from classic Memphis singers to mid period Rolling Stones. A riveting performer with an exceptional blues fuelled voice, Harman and her Company continue to sell out where ever they perform so book early to avoid disappointment.

Jo brings with her a world class band who have worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, Beyonce, BB King, Bowie and more. This will be a night of quality music from one the brightest young vocal talents around, attracting considerable attention and critical acclaim. Not to be missed!

Beer 'n' Blues Weekend feat Kyla Brox

13 July / 13:00 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The Saturday afternoon session features Kyla Brox.

Kyla’s voice is a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.

Kyla’s first performance at Band on the Wall was in 1992, singing with Victor onstage at Band On The Wall at the age of 12! And we’re thrilled to welcome her back.

Beer 'n' Blues Weekend feat Chantel McGregor

13 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

We close the weekend with one of the most of exciting rock/blues guitarist the UK has ever produced, Chantel McGregor.

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the feel of Bonnie Raitt, the inspiration ofHendrix, the influence of SRV, the energy of Bonamassa and the intensity of Walter Trout all rolled into one - ladies and gentlemen, introducing the formidable guitar talent that is Chantel McGregor.

Chantel McGregor first picked up a guitar when she was three and at the age of eight became the youngest person to pass a Rockschool grade. Later, she graduated with first class honours from Leeds College of Music, embarking on her career as guitarist and singer and winning the British Young Artist in the British Blues Awards 2011, British Female Artist in 2012 and in 2013 getting the awards for both Female Artist and British Blues Guitarist.

This is bone-crunchingly brilliant blues at its very best.

Just announced: Myron & E, 8th July.

Myron & E

08 July / 19:30 / More Info / Buy Tickets

The vocal duo is something of a rarity. There have been countless solo stars, trios, quartets and quintets, but the pairing of equally talented singers isn’t nearly as common. Sam and Dave, Ashford and Simpson, the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers comprise a short list of standouts. Enter Myron & E.

Retro-soul vocal duo Myron & E are Myron Glasper and Eric Cooke. South Central Los Angeles native Glasper has been active since the early '90s, when he danced in episodes of In Living Color and worked as a background vocalist during sessions for MC Lyte and CeCe Peniston. Cooke, from Newark, New Jersey, came up as a DJ and producer. The two crossed paths while touring with Blackalicious but didn't form their duo until Cooke asked Glasper to help him write and sing over instrumentals recorded by Finnish retro-soul band the Soul Investigators. As Myron & E, they debuted on the Soul Investigators’ Timmion label in 2008 with single “Old Game”. After a number of 7”s, Myron & E, still backed by the Soul Investigators, released an album, Broadway, last year on Stones Throw.

Since then, Myron & E have been focused on building their live performance, which includes sold-out shows and a stellar showing at SXSW.

This duo are not to be missed and are probably the closest you will get to “classic soul” these days.

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